South Carolina

During South Carolina Muzzleloader Hunting Season, Special Primitive Weapons Seasons, primitive weapons include bow and arrow, crossbow and muzzle-loading shotguns (20 gauge or larger) and rifles (.36 caliber or larger) with open or peep sights or scopes, which use black powder or a black powder substitute that does not contain nitro-cellulose or nitro-glycerin components as the propellant charge; there are no restrictions on ignition systems (e.g. Flintstone, percussion cap, shotgun primer, disk, electronic, etc.). During primitive weapons season, no revolving rifles are permitted. South Carolina offers some great hunting during the muzzleloader season for any black powder fan.

South Carolina Muzzleloader Hunting Season Zones 2023-2024

South Carolina hunting seasons, methods of harvest and limits are established by the SC General Assembly at the Game Zone level. South Carolina currently has four game zones.

Game Zone 1

Game Zone 1 Specific Hunting Regulations

All properties north of the main line of the Norfolk Southern Railroad from the Georgia State line to South Carolina Hwy 183 in Westminster, then north of SC Hwy 183 to intersection of SC Hwy 183 and the Norfolk So. Railroad main line in Greenville and then north of the mainline of the Norfolk So. Railroad to the Spartanburg County line.

Includes portions of Oconee, Pickens and Greenville counties.

Game Zone 2

Game Zone 2 Specific Hunting Regulations

Includes all lands of Abbeville, Anderson, Cherokee, Chester, Edgefield, Fairfield, Greenwood, Lancaster, Laurens, McCormick, Newberry, Saluda, Spartanburg, Union and York counties and partial areas of Oconee, Pickens and Greenville counties.

Game Zone 3

Game Zone 3 Specific Hunting Regulations

Includes all lands of Aiken, Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Beaufort, Berkeley, Calhoun, Charleston, Colleton, Dorchester, Hampton, Jasper, Lexington, Orangeburg and Richland counties.

Game Zone 4

Game Zone 4 Specific Hunting Regulations

Includes all lands of Chesterfield, Clarendon, Darlington, Dillon, Florence, Georgetown, Horry, Kershaw, Lee, Marion, Marlboro, Sumter and Williamsburg counties.

Check out a PDf of South Carolina’s Game Zones

Find a property in your game zone through the SCDNR Public Lands Application or through the Wildlife Management Area Maps.

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